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  • NFL has ‘fairest’ pay distribution among the world’s major sports leagues

    By Nick Harris 2 April 2010 Average pay across America’s NFL differs less between its richest and poorest teams than in any other major sports league in the world, according to sportingintelligence’s Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries, published today. The study calculates pay at more than 200 teams across 10 leagues including in the […]

  • Iconic Monday night (NFL) football coming to ESPN in the UK

    29 March 2010 ESPN will add exclusive coverage of the NFL’s ‘Monday Night Football’ to its TV schedules in the UK from September. Viewers of ESPN – which has been growing its pay-TV base by acquiring live Premier League rights in recent times – will be able to see 17 games per season. More here […]

  • Yankees on top in global pay review, Premier League in the shade

    By Nick Harris 28 March 2010 The New York Yankees are the best-paid team in global sport measured by average first-team wages, ahead of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea and basketball’s Dallas Mavericks, according to the inaugural Annual Review of Global Sports Salaries (ARGSS), to be published this week by sportingintelligence. The average first-team pay at […]

  • Saints’ Super Bowl win beats 1983 M.A.S.H finale record

    By Nick Harris 8 February 2010 The New Orleans Saints’ victory over the Indianapolis Colts in last night’s Super Bowl in Miami was the most-watched TV show in American history, beating the 27-year-old ratings record set by the final edition of M.A.S.H in 1983. Figures just released show that yesterday’s game attracted 106.7m viewers in […]

  • New Orleans Saints seek redemption for a city on Super Bowl weekend

    3 February 2010 The build-up to Super Bowl continues and the New York Times does its typically excellent job in covering all bases. We like the snappy style of their Saints media day presentation, and at the heart of the story this weekend will be memories of a hurricane, and the faith of those who […]

  • ‘Epochal’ moment in TV sport as Champions League final beats Super Bowl ratings

    By Nick Harris 31 January 2010 In a development that will have huge positive financial consequences for the elite of European football, including the biggest clubs in the Premier League,  the Champions’ League final has overtaken the Super Bowl as the most popular televised event in global club sport. (NB: club sport). An influential report, […]

  • NFL-EPL dual owners finding success on just one side of the pond

    4 January 2010 With the NFL regular season ending last night, it strikes us that there is something quirky about the standings: every owner that also has a stake in an English Premier League club has endured an awful season back home in American football. The Cleveland Browns of Randy Lerner (Aston Villa) finished with […]

  • American gridiron fans keep faith through the downturn

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 New figures collated by following last night’s conclusion to the NFL’s 2009 regular season show that the world’s best-attended domestic sports league (by average crowd) has registered only a slight dip in numbers. The average number of people at the 256 regular season games was 67,509, or just […]

  • NFL maintains massive lead in attendance

    By Nick Harris 4 January 2010 UPDATE: See also the 2011 story here The end of the NFL’s 2009 regular season last night brought good news for the sport; even in the worst economic recession in memory, live attendance figures held up for most franchises throughout the season, with 17,282,225 seats sold for the 256 games, […]

  • Honour for dog-fight villian Vick polarises NFL opinion

    25 December 2009 Michael Vick is a 29-year-old quarterback with the Philadelphia Eagles but is better known to non-followers of the NFL as someone who was sent to prison for 23 months in 2007 for his key role in a dog-fighting ring. The Ed Block Courage Award is given each year to 32 NFL players, […]

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